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Old 08-20-2008, 01:57 PM
 
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Hello!

My husband and our 3 boys (ages 4, 2, and 4 months) will be relocating to Fort Lauderdale within the next few months.

We are looking for an apartment/condo/house (are open to any) in a safe, family-friendly neighborhood. We need at least 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. I've been looking at craigslist and apartment complexs online, but have no idea is the neighborhood is safe and the area is good. We'd also like a w/d in the unit, a/c, dishwasher, and garage, if possible (but not necessary).

Any suggestions or help?
Thank you!
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Old 08-20-2008, 02:00 PM
 
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Price range? If you are west of University Dr you should be OK otherwise.
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Old 08-20-2008, 02:03 PM
 
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Hopefully under $1600, but we'll pay what we need for what we're looking for.

Although, we're moving from NorCal and right now we pay $900 for a 3/2 duplex with yard and garage. We're a little intimidated by cost of living!
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Old 08-20-2008, 02:42 PM
 
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Default Why moving to FL?

I moved to FL from SC 3 years ago, and I am trying to get back!
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Old 08-20-2008, 02:57 PM
 
Location: S.E. Florida
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Pembroke Pines area between University Drive and Flamingo road is good
Cooper City west of University Drive off of Sterling Road is good
Lots of young families in these neighborhoods with good schools.

Supermarkets, Super Target, Pembroke Lakes Mall, Home Depot very close. Lots of stip malls around as well
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Old 08-20-2008, 03:21 PM
 
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All of Cooper City is good. Davie is good too (as long as you are west of University for school districts), so are parts of Plantation (Central Park Elementary) and parts of Sunrise (Welleby area) but there is a sharp drop off in school quality after elementary in the latter two. However, you pay less to live in the lesser middle/high school district, which you don't really need anyway. Coral Springs has a lot of good parts too. And of course there is Weston, anywhere in Weston. Your price range should cover you in all of those places.

I like Weston, Plantation and Cooper City because they aren't littered with as many of those said strip centers but you are still close to them. They have a clean and uncluttered look. Davie has a country feel in some areas.
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Old 08-20-2008, 03:59 PM
 
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Thank you! We are moving to be involved with a church in Fort Lauderdale. My husband is selling his pool service business and going to start it back up there. Good thing there are a lot of pools!

How far of a drive is Weston to Fort Lauderdale? Do you know anything about Jacaranda Lakes, Plantation? Is it a good area?
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Old 08-20-2008, 04:52 PM
 
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Hello!

My husband and our 3 boys (ages 4, 2, and 4 months) will be relocating to Fort Lauderdale within the next few months.

We are looking for an apartment/condo/house (are open to any) in a safe, family-friendly neighborhood. We need at least 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. I've been looking at craigslist and apartment complexs online, but have no idea is the neighborhood is safe and the area is good. We'd also like a w/d in the unit, a/c, dishwasher, and garage, if possible (but not necessary).

Any suggestions or help?
Thank you!
If you are looking for something temporary until you can chose a neighborhood there are the Port Royale Apts in the northern part of FT Lauderdale. ON Fed at around 65th.

I've never been inside but I think they are fine. They have 3 and 6 month leases too. They are on water also and very close to the beach so for awhile you can feel the Florida vibe. Be careful with private people on Craigs List and never send money until you get here.
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Old 08-20-2008, 06:02 PM
 
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Port Royale is nice, I think that area is Bayview Elementary too, excellent school, one of the best in the state. They are a little dated inside but pretty nice.
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Old 08-20-2008, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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Since your husband is going to be involved in a church, I would imagine that members can be helpful to you as well. Weston is a short drive to Plantation. But you didn't mention what geographic area you will be working.

Weston has apartments as does Plantation that will fit your specifications. Good luck to you.
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